The Lagos Photo Festival is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, and we at Konbini will be profiling amazing photographers set to exhibit at the festival – which runs from November 24 to December 15, 2017.
Thanks to his acclaimed short films, fashion photographer and filmmaker, Seye Isikalu has begun to make quite a name for himself in the film world – mostly for his capacity to thoughtfully capture blackness on screen.
But before the London-based genius was exploring black male affection in his exquisitely-lit films, he was using that same deft eye to take portraits of your favourite black celebrities, in all their melanin-rich glory.
Granted, he is most known in the photography world for his glamorous fashion editorials, but his portraits are definitely our favourite. He has captured a host of different stars – both home and abroad – including Maleek Berry, Tiwa Savage, Falz, Luke James, ASAP Rocky and much more.
Speaking with MessMag about why he prefers the fashion editorials to the artist portraits, Seye said:
"For me, [the fashion editorials] with models is where I can be the most creative with a team.
Artists usually already have their own unique style & its rare for them to stray from that, whereas a model is a basically blank canvas to create anything with."
Well, you could hardly tell. Whether he's shooting for spreads or for his personal portfolio, Seye’s work stands out because he clearly figured out, a long time ago, the gospel Issa Rae and Ava Duvernay have been preaching for a while now: the importance of properly lighting black skin.
This keen eye and deep understanding is what makes everything he touches so damn incredible. So, from capturing glistening black skin on film to iconic black artistes in their element, Seye is undeniably one of the most exciting creatives working today.
You can see more of his work on Instagram or see it in person at the Lagos Photo Festival 2017.